A YOUNG nurse left paralysed following a road crash has made an impassioned appeal to motorists to slow down over the festive period.
Elaine Hanly (24), from Four Mile House in Co Roscommon, qualified as a nurse in September 2010, and soon began her "dream job" in Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon town.
But in August last year, her life changed forever after she was involved in a single-vehicle crash which left her permanently paralysed and wheelchair-bound.
At the Road Safety Authority's Christmas and New Year campaign launch, she said: "When I was involved in the car accident I woke up with a complete spinal injury and paralysed from the chest down.
"The turnaround from being a nurse to a very dependent patient literally overnight was very hard to accept."
She added: "I'd like to ask everyone to be careful on the roads. We are so fragile and no one thinks it can happen to them, but it can."